Notice of Meeting:

I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Hearings Committee will be held on:


Date:                                                    Friday 17 March 2023

Time:                                                   9.00 am

Venue:                                                Otaru Room, 2nd Floor, Civic Centre


Sandy Graham

Chief Executive Officer


Hearings Committee

Interim Speed Management Plan Hearing






Cr Jim O'Malley






Cr Cherry Lucas

Cr Andrew Whiley





Cr Mandy Mayhem (substitute if required)



Senior Officer                                               Jeanine Benson, Group Manager Transport


Governance Support Officer                  Rebecca Murray




Rebecca Murray

Governance Support Officer



Telephone: 03 477 4000





Note: Reports and recommendations contained in this agenda are not to be considered as Council policy until adopted.


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ITEM TABLE OF CONTENTS                                                                                                                                         PAGE


Part A Reports (Committee has power to decide these matters)

1             Declaration of Interest                                                                                                                                           4

2             Speaking Schedule                                                                                                                                                   8

3             Draft Interim Speed Management Plan submission summary report                                                10




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Declaration of Interest




1.         Members are reminded of the need to stand aside from decision-making when a conflict arises between their role as an elected representative and any private or other external interest they might have.


2.         Elected members are reminded to update their register of interests as soon as practicable, including amending the register at this meeting if necessary.




That the Committee:

a)     Notes/Amends if necessary the Elected Members' Interest Register attached as Attachment A; and

b)     Confirms/Amends the proposed management plan for Elected Members' Interests.








Interim Speed Management Plan Hearing Panel Register of Interest




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Part A Reports

Speaking Schedule

Department: Civic





1          Please find attached the speaking schedule as at 14 March 2023.




Rebecca Murray - Governance Support Officer






Interim Speed Management Plan Hearing Speaking Schedule as at 14 March 2023




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Draft Interim Speed Management Plan submission summary report

Department: Transport





1          This report presents a summary of feedback received from the public consultation on the draft Dunedin Interim Speed Management Plan (Interim SMP). Consultation on the Interim SMP was carried out from 14 November to 13 December 2022.

2          The draft Interim SMP was prepared for public consultation in accordance with section 82 of the Local Government Act 2002 and section 12.17 of the new Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022 (the Rule).



That the committee:

a)     Notes the draft Interim Speed Management Plan submission summary report.



Setting of Speed Limits Rule 2022

3          The new Land Transport Rule: Setting of Speed Limits 2022 (the Rule) came into effect on 19 May 2022. The Rule changed the process for the setting of speed limits by Road Controlling Authorities (RCAs) such as the Dunedin City Council (DCC) and Waka Kotahi. 

4          The Rule sets out the statutory process for a SMP, which requires a draft version to be published for public consultation with the final version to be submitted to the Director of Land Transport for certification.

5          The DCC is required to produce an Interim SMP to enable the speed limit changes around schools to be completed. A full Speed Management Plan will be drafted for public consultation in mid-2023.

6          The Rule removed the ability for speed limits to be made under a bylaw. Subsequently, this made Speed Limit Bylaws redundant and the DCC bylaw was formally revoked at the 8 November 2022 Council meeting.  At the same Council meeting the draft Dunedin Interim SMP was approved. The resolution below summarises the revoking of the Role and the approval of the Interim SMP for consultation.


Moved (Cr David Benson-Pope/Cr Bill Acklin):

That the Council:

a)        Revokes the Dunedin City Council Speed Limit Bylaw 2004.

b)        Approves the draft Dunedin Interim Speed Management Plan, for consultation from 14 November to 9 December 2022.

c)         Authorises the Chief Executive to make any minor editorial changes to the draft Interim Speed Management Plan if required.

             Motion carried (CNL/2022/087)


7          There are 71 Schools within the Dunedin city boundary, 68 of those schools are covered by the draft Interim SMP. That is 95% of all schools in the Dunedin city boundary. The remainder of schools are on State Highways are covered by Waka Kotahi’s Interim SMP.

8          Not all schools listed in the Interim SMP will be completed immediately, but the DCC will meet the requirements to have 40% of the schools completed by June 2024. This is a nationwide requirement from Waka Kotahi.

9          Where possible, the draft Interim SMP has incorporated outstanding speed management activities, namely the George Street slow speed zone and requests from the community before, after, and during the Speed Limit Bylaw Amendment 11 in 2021 (only where they are near to, or outside a school).

10        Prior to the consultation, affected schools were asked to provide feedback in August 2022. The responses received fed into the development of the Draft Interim SMP that was released for public consultation, this feedback is included in Attachment B.

11        The Draft Interim SMP is included as Attachment A to this report. It was published on the DCC website for consultation from 14 November – 13 December 2022.

12        A summary of the submissions received by school/zone is included in Attachment C. The feedback is summarised below:

a)         188 submissions were received in total.

b)        9% of those submissions were received from Schools (Board of Trustees/Principals).

c)         Over 60% of the submitters supported the proposed changes to 30km/hr around schools.

d)        19% of submitters requested the proposed school zone be extended to include key walking and cycling routes and early childhood centres. 10% of submissions from schools requested the proposed school zone be reduced to ensure better compliance.

e)        18 submitters requested an opportunity to present.

13        The majority of submitters who responded to the questions about the zones support the proposals to reduce the speed limit in the areas in addition to the proposed school changes. 

14        Waka Kotahi also prepared and consulted on an Interim State Highway SMP between November and December 2022. 


15        There are no options presented in this report.


16        Staff will prepare a recommendation report for Council to consider on 28 March 2023 following the hearing.



Stacey Hitchcock - Transport Planner

Nick Sargent - Transport Strategy Manager


Jeanine Benson - Group Manager Transport

Simon Drew - General Manager Infrastructure and Development






Draft Interim Speed Management Plan



School Feedback August 2022



Consulation Summary





Fit with purpose of Local Government

This decision promotes the social, economic and environmental well-being of communities in the present and for the future.

Fit with strategic framework




Not applicable

Social Wellbeing Strategy

Economic Development Strategy

Environment Strategy

Arts and Culture Strategy

3 Waters Strategy

Spatial Plan

Integrated Transport Strategy

Parks and Recreation Strategy

Other strategic projects/policies/plans


Ensuring Dunedin is a safe city is prioritised in the Social Wellbeing Strategy, Spatial Plan and Long-Term Plan as well as the Integrated Transport Strategy. Safer speeds is one of four pillars under the Safe System approach (Under Road to Zero) to reduce the number of fatal and serious injury crashes occurring on Dunedin’s road network.

Māori Impact Statement

Māori are over-represented in road trauma statistics. Since 2013 the number of people dying or being seriously injured on Aotearoa New Zealand roads has been rising, and death and serious injury (DSI) rates for Māori increased faster than for non-Māori between 2014 and 2017. Overall, road traffic mortality rates are estimated at between 60% and 200% higher for Māori compared to non-Māori.

Consideration for reducing speed limits to protect and improve safety for those more vulnerable to road trauma will improve road safety outcomes for all of society, particularly for Māori (He pūrongo whakahaumaru huarahi mō ngā iwi Māori – Māori road safety outcomes report 2021).


Improving safety for students walking and cycling to and from school will have a positive impact for sustainability as it will encourage more people to walk and cycle instead of being driven, therefore reducing carbon emissions.

LTP/Annual Plan / Financial Strategy /Infrastructure Strategy

There is no impact on the 10-year plan or Annual Plan.

Financial considerations

Costs associated with speed limit changes are funded through the Low Cost / Low Risk safety improvement programme.


The proposed speed limit changes are considered to be of low significance in terms of the Council’s Significance and Engagement Policy.  Consultation was undertaken in accordance with section 82 of the The Local Government Act 2002.

Engagement – external

Affected parties include the key stakeholders who were specifically asked for feedback were the affected Schools and Waka Kotahi (NZTA).

In addition, University of Otago, Community Boards, CCS Disability Action, Ministry of Education, Te Whatu Ora Southern, Disabled Persons Assembly, Dunedin Ratepayers and Householders Association, City Rise and Transition Valley 473 have given feedback.

Engagement - internal

Staff and Managers from Transport, Council Communications and Marketing and Legal Services, have been involved in the drafting of the Interim SMP.

Risks: Legal / Health and Safety etc.

The proposed speed limit changes are intended to reduce risk by reducing speed to fit the road environment.

Conflict of Interest

There are no known conflicts of interest.

Community Boards

All of the Community Boards were invited to participate in the consultation process where speed limit changes were proposed within their areas. Feedback was received from Otago Peninsula, Waikouaiti Coast and West Harbour Community Boards.



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